Kaliella phacomorpha Vermeulen, Liew & Schilthuizen

Vermeulen, Jaap J., Liew, Thor-Seng & Schilthuizen, Menno, 2015, Additions to the knowledge of the land snails of Sabah (Malaysia, Borneo), including 48 new species, ZooKeys 531, pp. 1-139: 73-74

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Kaliella phacomorpha Vermeulen, Liew & Schilthuizen

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Taxon classification Animalia Stylommatophora Euconulidae

Kaliella phacomorpha Vermeulen, Liew & Schilthuizen  sp. n. Figure 66

Holotype. Malaysia, Sabah, Interior Province , Gunung Trusmadi slopes , Gua Loloposon ( RMNH.5003924). View Materials 

Examined material from Sabah.

Interior Province. Gunung Trusmadi slopes, Gua Loloposon (leg. J.J. Vermeulen, V 13215).


Shell very small, rather thin, somewhat translucent or opaque, yellow-brown corneous, depressed-conical to almost lenticular with slightly convex sides; apex rounded. Surface shiny. Whorls moderately convex, the last whorl angular at the periphery, rounded above and below the periphery. Protoconch whorls convex, with numerous fine, densely placed radial riblets; spiral sculpture subordinate, consisting of approx. 12 very fine, densely placed spiral grooves cutting into the crests of the radial riblets. Teleoconch: Last whorl with a peripheral spiral thread coinciding with the suture of the penultimate whorl, above and below this numerous continuous, fine, moderately and regularly spaced, continuous spiral grooves. Radial sculpture: growth lines above the periphery only. Umbilicus open, narrow. Dimensions: Height up to 1.7 mm; width up to 2.6 mm; diameters of the first four whorls 0.55-0.65 mm, 0.95-1.10 mm, 1.45-1.60 mm, 2.05-2.30 mm respectively; number of whorls up to 4 3/4; height aperture up to 1.05 mm; width aperture up to 1.3 mm.

Habitat in Sabah and distribution.

Found in primary forest on limestone soil. Alt. 900-1000 m. Sabah: Gunung Trusmadi. Endemic to Sabah.

Cross diagnosis.

Uniquely identified among Sabah Kaliella  species by its depressed-conical, almost lenticular spire.


The name refers to the shell shape [phakos (Gr.) = lentil; morphe (Gr.) = shape].